ALPEMA® ~ advantages


Over the past 50 years, brazed aluminium plate-fin heat exchangers (BAHXs) have become the preferred type for a variety of specialised and general applications, mainly as a result of unique capabilities in heating and cooling liquids and gases, and boiling and condensing with single and multicomponent streams. Users can benefit from their

  • exceptionally small size, weight and footprint which saves installation and space costs,
  • very large surface area per unit volume combined with high heat transfer coefficients thus giving an outstanding thermal performance from a small exchanger,
  • ability to handle tiny temperature differences between streams thereby reducing compressor power and giving improved reheat,
  • ability to accommodate many streams in the same exchanger thus giving greater flexibility in process flow-sheet design and in process integration, and
  • small fluid inventory with consequent improvements in control, safety and product quality.


ALPEMA®, the Brazed Aluminium Plate-Fin Heat Exchanger Manufacturers' Association represents the world's five major manufacturers of brazed aluminium plate-fin heat exchangers (BAHXs). These are very compact exchangers built to a high specification for use in air separation plants and a wide range of other petrochemical and refrigeration applications. The Association has developed a set of standards for the manufacture, installation and safe operation of BAHXs.


For further information or to give your views, contact

John Thome
ALPEMA Chairman
Tel : +41 (0)21 693 59 81
Fax : +41 (0)21 693 59 60

Secretariat services to ALPEMA are provided by HTRI.

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